[Market-farming] Garlic Muclhing

Allan Balliett aballiett at frontiernet.net
Wed Oct 18 15:33:38 EDT 2006

I should say that our 'traditional mulch' of about 4inches of straw 
just plain out stops weeds until the garlic is harvested. Although 
advised to not leave the mulch on, I always do and have never had 
problems I attribute to mulch EXCEPT in thos situations where people 
have seriously overwatered the garlic. (my garlic) I can attest to 
the fact, also, that we can raise a crop of garlic without ever 
irrigating, but I usually feel compelled to irrigate when the weatehr 
is very dry. The problem happens if I leave the drip on and the 
mulched garlic gets watered as regularly as the greens do...

>Allan wrote:
>>  I'm wondering if it's a waste of time to mulch garlic with big bale
>>  mulch hay. Works good on spuds, but with its solid stems I don't know
>>  that it would insulate well enough for over wintering garlic.
>I've been mulling over the whole mulching for freeze protection/
>heaving thing for a year or so.  We actually had some cloves fall on 
>the ground beside our mulch last year - and they grew.  Not big, mind 
>you, but they did germinate.
>I'll still mulch because I hate weeding.

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